Cara Brookins - Rise

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After I wrote Rise, I realized there was so much more I could do to motivate others to build a bigger future.

I want to blow the roof off your goals by insisting you do something impossible. The only way to change your path is to shock yourself and everyone around you into a bigger vision of who you are.

Want an impossibly BIG future? No excuses. No delays. No quitters. Let’s build something together! From conferences to parenting groups and corporations, my mission is to motivate attendees to build something big.

Book Cara


Video: The French Adventures
Stage: UALR Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

2017 Appearances & Events

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    THV 11 News — Segments aired Nationwide

    January 12th & 16th Interviews in the Brookins’ family home and in studio. Cara Brookins, Hope Brookins, Drew Brookins, Jada Brookins, and Roman Prickett. Watch in studio | Watch in home

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    The Today Show — Airs Nationwide

    January 18th Interviews in the Brookins’ family home. Segment hosted by Kathie Lee and Hoda. Cara Brookins, Hope Brookins, Drew Brookins, Jada Brookins, and Roman Prickett. Watch

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    Rise Release!

    January 24th — Hardcover by St. Martin’s Press and audio by Macmillan: Rise, How a House Built a Family. Amazon

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    Chicago Event

    February 21-22nd

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    Governor's Mansion Leadership Forum — Little Rock, AR

    February 24th — This is a private group.

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    Clinton School of Public Service -Discussion & Signing

    February 28, 6:00pm. Family panel moderated. Cara Brookins, Hope Brookins, Drew Brookins, Jada Brookins, and Roman Prickett will answer questions and sign books.

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    YouTube Documentary Filming — Central AR

    March 24th — Air date: TBA.

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    Hallmark Home and Family - LA filming, Airs Nationwide

    April 4th & 5th – Hallmark Channel USA live appearance by Cara in multiple segments. Hope, Drew, Jada, and Roman appearing by Skype. View

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    Jr. League - Little Rock, AR

    April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm — This is a private group.

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    Literary Festival — Little Rock, AR

    April 29th 2:30pm — Power Houses Panel. A discussion about Rise,
    How a House Built a Family.

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    Oklahoma Writers Federation Keynote — Oklahoma City, OK

    May 4-7 — Motivational presentation May 5th. Branding and Publicity presentation May 6th.

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    River of Life Keynote — Orlando, Florida

    May 14 9:00 & 11:00am — Motivational Keynote presentations at two services.

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    West TX A & M Keynote — Canyon, Texas

    June 4th-6th — West Texas Writers Academy Keynote on the 4th at 7:00 pm. Social media presentation on the 6th at 10:00am.

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    Thrillerfest — New York City, New York

    July 11-15th — Thriller Writer’s Conference at the Grand Hyatt. Panel on writer’s procrastination. Book signing.

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    Talk show Filming — New York City, New York

    Aug 28-29th — Show and air date TBA.

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    ASU-Beebe Guest Lecture 90th Anniversary Celebration

    Sept 19th — Searcy, AR. Purchase Tickets Here.

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    World Woman Summit — Clinton Presidential Library

    Sept 29-30th — Presentation about Rise, How a House Built a Family and women in business. Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR.

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    Bouchercon World Mystery Convention — Toronto, Canada

    October 11-15th Discussions about writing fiction and Rise, How a House Built a family.Book signing.

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    National Council of State Housing Agencies — Denver, Colorado

    October 15-16th This is a private group.

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    C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference Keynote — Conway, AR

    Nov 3-4th — Keynote, book discussions, book signing.

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    The DIY Expo — Robstown, TX

    **Event Canceled Due to Hurricane Harvey recovery.**
    Nov 4-5th
    — You’ve pinned it & shared it, now it’s time to make it! Discussions about building, rebuilding, and a book signing.

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    Association of Counties Keynote — Murray, Utah

    Nov 16th — This is a private group.

  • 2018 Appearances & Events

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      TEDx University of Nevada - Reno

      January 26th & 27th Presentation Title TBA. Ticket News

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      Women's Leadership Conference - Myrtle Beach, SC

      February 6th Women in Philanthropy and Leadership at Coastal Carolina University, 8th annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Ticket News

    Cara Brookins - Rise

    Cara Brookins - Rise
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    “Inspiring, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and occasionally terrifying, this is a story of triumph and of new beginnings. You may find yourself laughing, followed by tears or gasping in horror as this amazing family rise from the ruins of their old lives. A must read!”


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    “Incredible, incredible story! Well written and riveting! Horrifying the terror this family had to go through, but so amazing how they were able to survive and then thrive. And I was most impressed with the kids’ attitudes during the build! Great job Brookins Family!!”


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    “I felt as if I was there in the room with her. A majority of the book is on rebuilding their lives, brick by brick. Showing that she has actually overcome the abuse of her past and risen like a phoenix from the ashes. This is a very uplifting read. I highly recommend it!”



    Past Speaking Events

    Tomah Middle School – Tomah, Wisconsin: February 9th
    Heroic Public Speaking Live – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: February 15-17
    UCA College Media Association Conference, Speaker – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: March 8
    Social Media Marketing World – San Diego, California: April 17-19
    Arkansas Writers Conference – Little Rock, Arkansas: June
    Paragould Rotary Club – Paragould, Arkansas: June 8th
    VidCon – Anaheim, California: June 23-25
    ThrillerFest – New York, New York July 4-9
    Killer Nashville, Nashville, Tn. August 18-21
    White County Writers’ Conference, Speaker September
    Bouchercon – New Orleans, Louisiana: September 15-18
    Bouchercon – August 8-11 – Raleigh, North Carolina
    Thrillerfest – Panel: Grim, Menacing, or Flirty – July 7-11, 2015 – New York City, New York
    Arkansas Writers’ Conference – Speaker  & Judge – June 5-6, 2015 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    Arkansas Literary Festival – Panel Moderator – April 25, 2015 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    The Magic of Reading and Writing – Speaker – March 10, 2015 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    University of Central Arkansas – Lecture – March 4, 2015 – Conway, Arkansas
    Emporia State University – Lecture – February 4, 2015 – Skype
    Bouchercon – Young Adult Panel – November 15, 2014 – Long Beach, California
    Bouchercon – Lecture: Social Media Relationships – November 15, 2014 – Long Beach, California
    School Group – Lecture: Creative Writing – November 13, 2014 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    Killer Nashville – Panel: Social Media – August 21-24, 2014 – Nashville, Tennessee
    Arkansas Writers’ Conference – Feature Speaker – June 6-7 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    Arkansas SCBWI – Speaker – May 16-17, 2014 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    OWFI – Speaker – May 1-4, 2014 – Norman, Oklahoma
    School Group – Lecture: Writing a Book – April 10, 2014 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Speaker – March 17, 2014 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    Village Writers’ Club – Feature Speaker – January 27, 2014 – Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Heather Graham’s Workshop – Young Adult Panel – December 12-15, 2013 – New Orleans, Lousiana
    Pen Women – Speaker – November 6, 2013 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    Ozark Creative Writers – Speaker – October 10-12, 2013 – Ozark, Arkansas
    Bouchercon – Young Adult Panel – September 19-22, 2013 – Albany, New York
    Killer Nashville – Speaker – August 22-25, 2015 – Nashville, Tennessee
    Thrillerfest – Panel – July 10-13, 2015 – New York City, New York
    SCBWI – Speaker – June 7-8, 2013 – North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Arkansas Writers’ Conference – Speaker – May 31-June 1, 2013 – Little Rock, Arkansas
    Harlingen Book Festival – Keynote Speaker – May 11, 2013 – Harlingen, Texas
    OWFI – Speaker – May 2-5, 2013 – Norman, Oklahoma
    School Group – Speaker – April 12, 2013 – Little Rock, Arkansas